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Maine Coon Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Maine Coon
The area where the animal first came from
North America
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
122cm (48in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
12kg (25lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
12 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Blue, Lilac, Fawn, Cream, Brown, Black, Golden, Ginger
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Intelligent, loving and affectionate

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Maine Coon

The Maine Coon cat is native to the Maine area of North America but it is thought to have derived from an American wild cat rather than another breed of domestic cat.

The Maine folklore is that the Maine Coon cat is in fact half cat and half raccoon in origin, but it is more commonly thought to be closely related to the North American bobcat.

The Maine Coon typically has long fur although, many types that existent in Europe have shorter hair and are thought to be related to the wilder European farm cats.

The Maine Coon is a popular domestic breed of cat due to its large size, long silky fur and its calm and gentle nature. The Maine Coon is an intelligent and affectionate breed of cat that loves to be active and to be around humans and other animals.

The Maine Coon is a very large breed cat, often double the size of other domestic cat breeds. The Maine Coon is thought to be so big due to its supposedly larger wild ancestors.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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